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    Recommendations for upgrade to 2005 Stumpjumper Expert

    Hey -- could really use the advice of the community here. I have a 2005 Stumpjumper Expert that I love riding -- mostly cross-country stuff in Marin, Ca. I'm not doing anything crazy, mostly love climbs and singletrack. My bike is all stock at this point and I think that I'm ready for some upgrades to improve performance and take some weight off.

    I'm thinking of the following:
    WTB Rocket V saddle - $130
    Thomson Elite Mountain Seatpost - $90
    Easton Ec90 Flat Mountain Handlebar - $130

    What upgrades would you make? All suggestions are really appreciated!
    Thanks!

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    Also just to clarify its Full suspension. One other question also -- any recommendations for tires for Norcal conditions?

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    really depends on how much you want to spend. What brakes are on it now?

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    I have the same bike. maybe replace the crank with an xtr.

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    The brakes are the Shimano hydrolic disc that came with the bike -- I find that they have great stopping power and so far have really performed, so I'm not sure there is much to be gained there.

    From all the reviews it looks to me like the worst parts that Spesh put on the bike are the seatpost, saddle, cassette and tires. I've already replaced the cassette (first one wore out). I bet I can save at least a pound on the seat post/saddle upgrade. New tires are also in order, but will be a wash on weight.

    The XTR crank looks buck, but that's some big bucks for one part, no?

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    Yeah the xtr crank is very expensive. Yeah and the rival seat sucked. I bought a wtb seat.

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    I just put the Roval wheelset on my 05 stumpy fsr and it turn it into a rockit ship.

    I change from a chris king with 819's to the Roval and lost 1.3 pounds.

    The real benifit was how quickly it accelerates now and I do not feel any flex in them

    It is alot of money to spend but is the best up grade you can make to your bike.

    I recommend saving up your money and puttin a top notch wheel set on.
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    Is that Roval tubeless ready? Or do you have to do the whole PITA stan's conversion?

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    They come with all the parts to convert them.

    I had actually borrowed a friends set and mine are on order. So I am not sure if you just put in a valve core or a whole rim strip.
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    I have the exact same bike. Also riding NorCal (South Bay Area). What are you looking for mostly exactly. Weight reduction, performance, durability?

    I've never listed it but here's what I did to mine and why:

    - Got the Septune push'd. This is one amazing change. The shock had to be rebuild anyway last year so I went ahead with the very popular push upgrade. Very much recommended

    - WTB Laser TI: Anything less than TI and the rails would bend when I would go down.

    - Time ATAC XS: Nothing wrong with the stock Shimano's I'm just used to those.

    - Thomson seatpost and stem: The standard for obvious reasons. No slip period.

    - Mavic 819/823 with CK hubs: I've cracked 2 rear hubs. Not too fun to be stranded miles away from the trailhead unable to pedal. This babies should take the abuse years after years.

    - Galfer pads: Immediately eliminated break squeels. They seem to perform better but I have not used the stock long enough to tell. They do wear out fast.

    - Specialized Ergonomic grips: Hand felt numbed after long rides. Much better now.

    - Raceface chainrings: Hopefully more durable than the XT I had on before.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Here are my updates:

    Stumpjumper FSR 120 Expert 2005 size L
    Avid Juicy 7 brakes - These are standard
    Hope headset - Bling and just under 100 g
    Hope 183/160 floating rotors - These are bling too and save a few grams over the stock ones.
    Rock Shox Revelation 426 Air U-Turn w. poploc - Maybe a bit heavier than Talas but stiffer and plusher
    PUSH Fox Septune - Great improvement, zero weight loss
    XT hollowtech II cranks - Not XTR but a lot lighter than the stock ones
    T.A. Specialites chainrings - Changed to these when the XT's wore out, more durable and lighter
    Xpedo MountainForce Al/Ti pedals - Lighter than XTR
    XC717 / DT 240s / DT Comp wheelset - Best bang for the buck wheelset IMO, 240s hubs are very lighweight and high quality... Forget heavy UST rims and tyres
    DT Swiss RWS bolt-thru front - Makes the front end more stiff without adding weight
    Salsa flip-offs skewer rear
    No-flats rim tape
    Continental Supersonic tubes - One of the lightest available?
    Tires Speed King SS 2,3" - These save a lot of weight too...
    XT cassette - XTR would be lighter....
    Dura-ace chain - This doesn't save much
    X.0 rear der., 2007 X.9 triggers - Shifts great, X.9 triggers weight the same as X.0
    LX front der. - This is stock
    S-Works carbon riser - Monkeylite would be lighter...
    Cinelli cork tape - Very lightweight and not too thick with winter gloves
    Thomson setback & Thomson X4 stem - Not the lightest ones but reliable
    X-lite seatclamp - Very minimalistic non-qr seatclamp
    Selle SLR 135g - Stripped the cover off after it was worn badly
    Specialized chainstay protector - This is stock too

    Total bike weight: 25,48 lb - It still feels mushy and heavy as hell after riding my 17,6 lb cyclocross bike...

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    If you're going to get an ec90 flat bar you can get them way cheaper than 130...monkey flat bars are always cheaper than their risers because not many people use flat bars (well to my experience anyways). They had a sale on wheelworld for monkeyxc bars for 59.99 a little while back u might want to check if they are still available.

    There were a few other places that had'em for 49.99 about a month ago.

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    My upgrades

    I too have a 2005 Expert.

    My Upgrades:
    XT Cassette
    XT Chain
    XT Cranks and BB
    Mavic Crossmax XL wheels
    Oury Grips

    Future Upgrades:
    Chris CKing Headset
    Thompson seatpost
    THompson Stem
    DIRTMUSIC - Singletrack is music to my ears.

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    Here's mine:

    05 Specialized Stumpy Expert 100 (L)
    07 Avid BB7s w/Speed Dial 7 levers & Alligator Serrated Rotors
    07 Azonic Accelerator pedals
    07 XT cranks
    Panaracer Fire XC Pros (26" x 2.1")
    07 XT Cassette
    08 Sette Edge Stem (white)
    08 Sette Riser Bar (white)
    08 Thomson Elite seatpost
    08 X.9 shifters and derailleur
    08 Easton AM Havocs

    28.5lbs

    The seatpost only cost me $70. And if you've never had it done, I recommend having the pivot bearings replaced (~$60), makes all the difference.

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